There is so much to say and so little time to say it in! As always, September and most of October was a time of writing and sewing in preparation for Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX.
This year I had a number of new designs with FreeSpirit Fabrics. Since quilters are mostly visual, this is going to be a picture heavy post.
Let’s begin shall we?
Flock Together is a 100% Stacey Day design. From digital design to the final stitch in the binding, this quilt was my favorite to put together. It utilizes a jelly roll and is super fast to whip up. The pattern is a free one and available by clicking here.
Center Stage was a collaboration with Tula. I had a much lighter hand than usual with this one, but the instructions were all me =) It’s a stunner and I love it! I believe this will be a free pattern from FreeSpirit.
Finally, there is the Pom Pom quilt for All Stars. This one is a stunner. Check out that quilting by Angela Walters! This one is another collaboration with Tula, and the pattern will be exclusive to the quilt kit.
Then we mosy on over to Joel Dewberry’s new collection, Avalon.
Arise! was inspired by the legend of Excalibur, how it rose from the depths in the hands of the Lady of the Lake. I wanted simple pieces to show off the prints to their best. There were two Arise quilts made for Market, this one by an unknown-to-me quilter who did a lovely job, hanging in the gallery. Mine hung in the main booth where all the ordering took place. I quilted mine in straight lines and swirls.I am really enjoying the ribbon candy these days. I used my new favorite Designer Solid, Mineral. It’s a gorgeous green-blue hue and it goes with everything! And of course I had a little helper taking photos.
For Art Deco I wanted to channel some classic architecture but add a bit of modern flair. I added the inserts into the clamshell, and the written pattern has optional bias tape around the top curve of each clam. This really makes the individual clamshells pop. The collection is gorgeous. Shout out to the same unknown maker for this one.
Sugar Beach is a bright and vibrant collection. it was a ton of fun to design with. I wanted to give the feeling of floating on the water, fruity drink in hand, on a hot summers day. I’m pretty sure it comes through in this one.
Finally there is Fashion Show. The Dress is based on her very popular class by the same name. You can’t see it very well in this picture, but I quilted each wedge with a trio of feathers. I did a meander and outlined each dress panel, and the sashes are quilted with – you guessed it – ribbon candy and straight lines. This quilt didn’t hang at market, it was being used elsewhere.
I also had the pleasure of designing a retro quilt for FreeSpirit’s house designed collection, Boston Commons. It is a gorgeous, deeply vibrant hued reproduction collection. That golden yellow is perfect! I quilt is a modern take on the classic log cabin block, and very easy for a beginner.
Thank you to my friend Lindsay who walked the show floor and took all the photos for me.
I will update the pattern links as they become available under the FreeSpirit tab in my Free Patterns dropdown menu. All but Pom Pom will be a free pattern available as the collections come out.
Until next time,
7 thoughts on “Fall Quilt Market 2017”
Wow your quilts are beautiful!!
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What a great joy to see your quilts. Nothing beats an oooooo moment
Thank you for sharing
Oh they all look so beautiful! Hard to pick a favorite. 🙂
Your designs are gorgeous! I’m especially interested in the Center Stage design with Tula Pink, since I have been hoarding her fabric collections for a few years now. This quilt that you designed is fantastic because the piecing design is interesting yet it still showcases the prints. I see several online quilt shops have the complete kit available for preorder, but I don’t see the pattern on the Free Spirit web site yet. Any idea where/when I can purchase or download just the pattern? Also can you tell me what techniques you’re using to piece the star blocks and what size the blocks finish? Traditional rotary cutting and piecing, or paper piecing? I don’t want to wait until March to start my version! 🙂
I love the “Flock Together” quilt pattern that you designed, but of course it is no longer available on the FreeSpirit website since the company has unfortunately closed down. Is there another way to get the pattern. Thank you. Janette
I reiterate the positive comments and question posed by Janette Anderson. Interested to know when the “Flock Together” pattern formerly available on the Free Spirit website will be available in an alternate location.
Is your “Flock Together “ still available? The link did not work. Thank you as it is beautiful!